Music Performance*

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

Full of exciting, creative opportunities, the music industry is one of the UK’s biggest cultural exports. Music Performance at our Epsom campus is an innovative performance course that focuses on the development of the music artist as a creative force.

On this course you’ll gain a global understanding of music and the music industry, learn to question musical forms, and begin to understand your own development as a performer. Through immersion in the rich heritage of musicians and artists from David Bowie, to Prince to Joni Mitchell, you’ll have the opportunity to creatively experiment with music, image and performance, and by the end of the course, you’ll have developed a distinctive portfolio of work.

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Length of study:

Three years full-time


September 2018


UCA Epsom

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Course overview:

Taught by an experienced team of professionals, you’ll learn through live projects and work experience placements, have the opportunity to collaborate with other UCA courses from Music Journalism to Fashion and Graphic Design, and network and engage with industry experts. Throughout the course, you will be learning skills for a sustained career as a musical-artist. We also nurture your flexibility and adaptability, helping you to develop your own earning potential in today’s marketplace. 

Our strong links to the music industry will help you learn and develop a host of performance skills, work creatively with others, and make important connections that will prepare you for a career, not just in music, but the wider creative industries too.

Course content - 2018 entry

In the first year, you'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. On the course you’ll learn the technical and conceptual skills that will give you a solid foundation from which to explore your areas of specialist activity.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Introduction to Music Performance

  • More than a Fan

  • Music and Popular Culture

  • Theories of Music and Media Production and Auditory Culture

The second year focus is on finding your own specialist way of working and you’ll be encouraged and supported to start working more independently. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Face Off: Creating an Alter Ego

  • Bandemonium & Work Experience

  • Culture, Identity & Music/Live Mix: Performance and Festival Theory

  • Performance, Production & Industry

  • Study Abroad with Host Institution

The third year will see you achieve a greater level of independence with self-managed research, study and practice, resulting in a final major project and a written dissertation.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • You Got the Look: Master Minding Image

  • Dissertation

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

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International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

How to apply - 2018 entry

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Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

As a leading creative arts university, we want to attract the best and most creative minds in the country – so we take a balanced approach to candidate assessment, taking both individual portfolios and exam results into account. 

That’s why your portfolio is an especially important part of your application to study with us – and we can help. Our academics can offer you expert advice on how to showcase your creative work and build a portfolio that will make your application stand out. More advice on how to create an exceptional portfolio is also available here.

Entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

Your portfolio

We may invite you to attend an Applicant Day and bring along your work for assessment. There may also be an audition stage for this course.

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